I would highly appreciate some advice in the situation described below.
We have been renting in Philadelphia in this apartment complex for the last 5 years. We signed the lease 4 years ago and it explicitly says that "This lease will automatically renew for 1 year if neither party ends the lease at the end of the original term or any of the renewal term. Automatic renewal will not change the terms unless the rent is increased by 5%". This is the only lease I signed and there was 1 letter we received 3 years ago about utilities being an extra. When I gave 60 days notice recently, the landlord is telling me that my lease renews automatically and that I am responsible for the rent for the remaining period.
My questions are:
1)The lease says it will automatically renew for 1 year. So, does that mean it became month to month after that.
2) The management has been incresing rent every year but no written notifications were sent, does accepting the rent increase each year bind me to automatic renewal ?(even though the lease says that they are to send me one if the rent was raised)
2)Is landlord playing scare tactics or am I really stuck.
I would highly appreciate any feedback. I am located in Philadelphia.